The veteran San Francisco policeman and language enthusiast whose weekly newsletters offered colorful descriptions of crimes in parts of the Castro, Haight, and other neighborhoods announced today (Friday, October 26) that he’s suspending the newsletter. A stripped-down version is expected soon.
Captain Greg Corrales, who oversees the San Francisco Police Department’s Park Station, said in an email today, “I am very sad to report that due to my crime fighting responsibilities I will be delegating the production of the Park Station Newsletter to a member of my staff. I have enjoyed writing the newsletter very much and I appreciate the tremendous support I have received, but I must devote all of my time to the safety of the district.” (He didn’t say who the new author would be.)
Corrales, who recently selected out gay Officer Jim McMahan as the station’s liaison to the LGBT community, said the new newsletter would come in two to three weeks. It would be in the style of the 1960s TV series Dragnet – “just the facts,” he said.
The most recent newsletter includes some prime expamples of Corrales’s style. He described an October 15 arrest at 15th and Castro streets by saying two officers “encountered a remorseless reprobate and flagrante delicto, inside the victim’s auto in the act of burglarizing it. The frantic felon attempted to escape the officers on foot, to no avail.”
Corrales often described marijuana as “the weeds with roots in hell,” but that was not the case in his description of an October 12 incident in which a suspect was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and violation of probation.
In that case, the police captain wrote that officers had “observed a dope dealer they knew to be on felony probation for marijuana sales in the midst of a marijuana sale. Upon their approach, the scoundrel made the astute observation, ‘Oh S—t, you got me!’ Further investigation revealed that the deplorable drug dealer was in possession of a quantity of marijuana possessed for the purpose of sale.”